Car falls off marina during diver training and gets rescued immediately

A training exercise turned into a real life rescue mission when firefighters noticed a car sliding into the water at a marina.

The Susquehanna Hose Company’s dive team were taking part in a drill to save a kayaker who had fallen into the water off Maryland Marina in Tydings Park, Havre de Grace.

But they quickly had to divert attention to save a man’s life after he got into trouble in his car.

A film crew who were recording the training mission captured the moment the silver Chevrolet Impala slipped off the side of the marina.

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A firefighter still in full diving gear from the exercise was instantly on hand to help.

He managed to winch the car to the rescue boat using a rope and stop it from sinking.

Rescuers then turned their attention to the driver who was struggling to open his door while still in his seatbelt.

But, floating in their boat close to the car, firefighters were able to smash the window with an axe.

They were then able to drag the man out of the vehicle and onto the boat where he received medical treatment before paramedics arrived on the mainland.

The car was left to sink and filled with water before a pick up truck was brought in to fish it out.

The driver was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Trauma Center, where he received treatment.

Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Association said it was a ‘great job by all those involved.’

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